By Isaac Asimov
Assault the dual jewelry of Saturn have been unexpectedly swarming with the robotic ships of the lethal Sirian enemy. The avowed antagonists of Earth, they'd crossed 50 trillion miles of house to impress a struggle which they knew they can now not lose...for the amazing forces of earth dared no longer rally opposed to the invaders. in simple terms fortunate Starr, of Earth's Council of technological know-how, had an opportunity to circumvent the upcoming galactic holocaust. yet one slip-up in his bold plan could suggest sure death...and a spot in historical past as Earth's such a lot notorious traitor!
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The reporter known as after him. "Starr is your followed son, isn't really he, leader? " For a second Conway grew to become again. Then, with out a be aware, he hastened directly to the send. What used to be there to claim? What may possibly he say other than that sooner than him lay an interstellar convention extra an important for Earth than any assembly of any variety in its background? That this convention used to be weighted seriously at the facet of Sinus. That possibilities have been nearly intolerably nice that peace, the Council of technological know-how, the Terrestrial Federation might all be destroyed. And that in basic terms the skinny guard of Lucky's efforts safe them. by some means, what depressed Conway greater than something else-more, even, than a misplaced war-was the idea that if the Sirian information document have been precise and if the convention however failed regardless of Lucky's unique intentions, fortunate could move down in historical past as Earth's arch-traitor! And just a couple of may ever be aware of larger. 14. On Vesta The Secretary of country, Lament Finney, was once a profession flesh presser who had served a few fifteen years within the legislature and whose family members with the Council of technology had by no means been overwhelmingly pleasant. He was once getting older now, no longer within the better of overall healthiness, and susceptible to be querulous. formally he headed the Terrestrial delegation to Vesta. genuinely, notwithstanding, Conway understood relatively good that he, himself, as head of the Council, needs to be ready to take complete accountability for failure-if there has been failure. Finney made that transparent even ahead of the send, considered one of Earth's biggest area liners, took off. He stated, "The press is nearly uncontrollable. you are in a foul spot, Conway. " "All Earth is. " "You, Conway. " Conway acknowledged gloomily, "Well, i'm less than no illusions that if issues pass badly the Council can count on aid from the govt.. " "I'm afraid now not. " The Secretary of nation was once strapping himself in with meticulous care opposed to the trials of take-off and guaranteeing that his bottle of anti-space-sickness drugs have been convenient. "Government aid for you are going to purely suggest the downfall of the govt., and there'll be adequate problems with a battle emergency. we won't find the money for political instability. " Conway notion: He has no self assurance within the end result of the convention in any respect. He expects the warfare. He acknowledged, "Listen, Finney, if the worst does come to the worst, i'm going to want voices on my facet to assist pre vent Councilman Starr's attractiveness from-… " Finney lifted his grey head momentarily from the hydraulic cushion and stared on the different out of fading, stricken eyes. "Impossible. Your Councilman went into Saturn on his personal, requested no permission, got no orders. He was once prepared to take the dangers. If issues prove badly, he's performed. What else will we do? " "You recognize he… " "I do not know," stated the baby-kisser violently. "I recognize not anything formally. you have been in public existence lengthy adequate to grasp that less than yes stipulations the folk want a scapegoat and demand on one. Councilman Starr stands out as the scapegoat. " He leaned again back, closed his eyes, and Conway leaned again beside him. somewhere else within the send others have been of their locations, and the a ways thunder of the engines begun up and rose in pitch because the send raised itself slowly from the launching pad and lifted towards the sky.